During the first ODI, Morgan split the webbing between his right thumb and forefinger. It took the skipper four stitches before going in the middle to beat England’s run of 318 which he eventually lost by 66 runs. The left-handed batsman scored 22 when England were eliminated for 251.
Billings, who sprained his collarbone while diving in vain to stop a boundary, was also able to hit and contribute 18. However, on the eve of the second ODI, it was announced that both Morgan and Billings were out of the last two ODIs.
In Morgan’s absence, Jos Buttler will lead the team while opener Liam Livingstone will make his ODI debut. England’s best batsman Dawid Malan was drafted into the squad as a substitute batsman and is available for selection.
Morgan completed a field exercise at the start of training at MCA Stadium on Thursday March 25th and subsequently declared himself unfit.
Morgan said: “I had re-tightened my hand before training started today but it quickly became apparent that I was protecting the injury and was getting into the wrong positions to catch the ball.
“There is nowhere in international cricket to hide on the field of play, especially in formats with limited overshoots, so it didn’t take a lot of thought to make myself unavailable.
“It was a crazy injury and it’s extremely frustrating, but there is nothing I can do about it. Now it’s just a matter of letting the cut heal. I have full confidence in Jos and the rest of the team who can get by without me.”
Billings, on the other hand, did not exercise after suffering a bruise on his left collarbone and the injury remained sore Thursday.
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